Point Defiance tiger cub suffers brain damage after surgery

Point Defiance tiger cub suffers brain damage after surgery

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Point Defiance tiger cub suffers brain damage after surgery

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by KING5.com

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Posted on November 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 16 at 2:58 PM

TACOMA -- The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium reports an Sumatran tiger cub is in critical condition after undergoing surgery and enduring several complications.

The 5-month-old cub Mali had surgery Monday after staff and vets found she was lethargic with her stomach distended.

An X-ray revealed her gastrointestinal tract was blocked by pieces of bone. Veterinarians successfully performed exploratory surgery to remove the bone. However, Mali went into cardiac arrest after the surgery and had to be resuscitated. Vets now say Mali may have suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen.

"We're very worried about Mali and are doing everything we possibly can to help her," said head zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf.

Mali is being monitored around the clock, but vets call her prognosis grim.

She is one of two endangered Sumatran tiger cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

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